Pirelli has revealed the tyre choices of the drivers for the 2018 Formula 1 British Grand Prix (July 6-8) as Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen goes for all-together a different strategy.
While all the other drivers and teams have similarity in their tyre choices for the last leg in the current triple header, Verstappen has gone for a totally different strategy, not only to his teammate, but also all his other rivals.
The Dutchman has opted for the least number of yellow-coloured soft tyres at seven out of all the 20 drivers with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo going for eight sets which is similar to a lot of his fellow competitors.
Verstappen has chosen four sets of medium tyres and two of the icy blue hard compounds – the latter making its debut in the 2018 season. Ricciardo, meanwhile has three sets of the white-coloured medium and two sets of the hard compound.
Ricciardo’s strategy has been copied by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas with his teammate Lewis Hamilton opting for four sets of medium and only one of the hard compound. Hamilton’s strategy is same as the two Ferrari drivers and also for both the McLarens.
The Renault and the Toro Rosso Honda drivers will have the maximum number of soft tyres at 10 each, but Nico Hulkenberg has gone for two sets of hard tyres and one of medium to the other three’s opposite choice of two medium sets each and one hard.
Force India, Williams Haas and Sauber drivers have opted for nine sets each of the soft compound. Barring Williams’ Sergey Sitokin, the three other drivers and Lance Stroll have gone for three sets of medium and one of hard – with Sirotkin opting for two each.
The teams get 13 set of tyres for the weekend, with one set of the softest compound to be kept for use in Q3.After the completion of qualifying, the Top 10 drivers will have to return that set, while the other drivers can keep it for the race.
For the races, each driver has to keep one set each of the two harder compounds available for the weekend, while the rest 10 sets they are free to choose from the three available compounds for the particular drive.
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